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Doctor insights on: Alcoholics Develop Nerve Cirrhosis

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Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

No: Many long term alcoholics do some damage to their livers and some more than others. For reasons that are not understood, a low percentage of alcoholics suffer little to no liver damage. Chronic alcohol use may adversely affect every organ in the body except the kideys. If you have ever been annoyed by someone criticizing your drinking, that is a strong indication of a problem. Tried aa? ...Read more

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Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

No: Alcohol is only one of many causes of cirrhosis. Other comon causes include viral infections (e.g. Hepatitis c), autoimmune disorders (e.g. Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. "fatty liver" disease, abnormal copper or iron storage), and certain medications. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

ESLD symptoms: Cirrhosis per se is largely asymptomatic. However, end-stage liver disease, manifests by ascites, jaundice, bleeding, loss of muscle mass, changes in mental status up to coma, and other manifestations that can quickly lead to death. ...Read more

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How long does it take an alcoholic to develop cirrhosis?

Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

Stop drinking: Cirrhosis happens due to death of liver cells. They cannot be revived. However, liver is a big organ and if you stop drinking you can prevent further deterioration of your liver. ...Read more

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What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

No alcohol: do not drink alcohol at all. You need to go to Alcoholic anonymous. Seek medical attention and ultimately if liver gets worse you will need a liver transplant, as long as you are alcohol free ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have alcoholic cirrhosis?

How can you tell if you have alcoholic cirrhosis?

Variable: Patients with cirrhosis can present in a variety of ways. You may have physical exam findings or stigmata of chronic liver disease, such as spider angiomata or palmar erythema. It may be found incidentally after an unrelated lab or radiologic study. You may present initially with life-threatening complications. Alternatively, it may never be detected, until autopsy, if one is performed. ...Read more

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I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

There is not enough: Information to answer that question (if you are asking about imminent death). Please speak with your physician about your prognosis and the seriousness of your illness. However, it is clear that if you have this condition and you continue to drink that you will likely die an early death. ...Read more

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Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Cirrhosis: People with alcoholic cirrhosis may do worse than other causes of cirrhosis if the continue to drink. If the stop drinking their prognosis will depend on their Childs classification that is residual liver function remaining, response to management and adherence to avoiding hepatotoxins and the rate of progression of disease and complications ...Read more